Years ago we used to visit my aunt and uncle in the western part of our state for long weekends. Usually those visits included a hike in the mountains and a picnic dinner.
One of the tips I learned from my aunt was to keep a list of picnic items and store it with all of the non-perishable items in the picnic basket. That way, you'd always have your list and most of the items ready to go at a moments notice.
Here's my list:
Items to keep in the basket:
plates, cups, napkins, silverware
salt and pepper
serving utensils (spoons, knives, tongs etc.)
hot pads to handle hot food
ziploc bags for leftovers
roll of paper towels
first aide kit
Items to grab before we go:
charcoal (and lighter fluid if needed)
What would you add to the list?